TM International Logistics Ltd (TMILL) – a joint venture of Tata Steel Ltd (holding the majority stake), NYK Holding (Europe) BV and IQ Martrade, Germany – has participated in a fresh tender for mechanisation of a berth at Haldia port.

TMILL is among the three logistics services companies in the fray for mechanisation of berth No 4B at Haldia dock complex (HDC). TMILL currently handles cargo at berth no 12 at Haldia Port.

A.K. Dutta, Manager, Administration of HDC, told Business Line that the other two companies are Seapol Port Pvt Ltd and International Seaports (Haldia) Pvt Ltd. “Three companies have bid for the mechanisation of 4B berth. The successful bidder will have to install two new multi-harbour cranes for handling cargo at the berth within six months,” Dutta said.

Installation of multi-harbour cranes will increase the on-board cargo handling capacity of the berth by up to 20,000 tonnes a day from the current 6,000 tonnes a day, he added.

Currently, KoPT handles cargo from ship to the shore at the berth and the on-shore handling is carried out by private operators. According to him, the bidder who quotes the lowest (below Rs 52 a tonne) will bag the deal.

Container Terminal

Meanwhile, KoPT has received “encouraging” responses from six major companies for its proposed Rs 1,450 crore container terminal at Diamond Harbour at a pre-bid conference.

To be developed under a public-private partnership model, the proposed container terminal project is aimed at increasing Kolkata port’s container handling capacity. Currently, Kolkata port handles 5.26 lakh twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEUs) containers a year. The proposed terminal is expected to handle 1.2 million TEUs annually.

The container terminal is expected to be commissioned by 2015-16, said a senior KoPT official. Manish Jain, Chairman of KOPT, said: “The pre-bid conference was encouraging and we are quite hopeful about the project.”

According to the official companies like International Container Terminal Services Inc, APM Terminals Asia Pacific Region, D P World India Pvt Ltd, Concast Infratech Ltd with consortium partner Hyundai Engg & Construction Co Ltd, SREI Infrastructure Finance Ltd with Spain-based consortium partner OHL Construction, IL&FS Maritime Infrastructure Company Ltd participated at the conference.

ayan.pramanik@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on November 12, 2012)
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